Mitchell Robinson
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Young center Mitchell Robinson‘s recent hot streak is proof the New York Knicks have their big man of the future.

Josh Benjamin

A dynamic young point guard and his team are playing the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. They trail 107-106 with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The ball is inbounded and the guard plans his move.

He reads the court and quickly realizes he has one route: drive to the basket and hope for a foul. He finds the lane, gets ready to try for the layup. It’s so close when … suddenly …

*1960s Batman-themed POW!!!*

The ball is slapped out of the young man’s hand by young Knicks center Mitchell Robinson. New York recovers possession, the buzzer sounds, and the Garden Faithful roar.

Now, you wonderful readers know this is an unconventional opening to an article, except it’s not. Robinson has been playing out of his mind as of late and has played his best NBA basketball yet.

Make no mistake, Knicks fans. He truly is the team’s center of the future.

Overcoming early struggles

We all know Mitchell Robinson’s story at this point. I even covered it last week, in discussing his ability to help the Knicks lure free agents this summer. Still, for the newcomers, here are the bullet points.

Robinson is a former five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American from the New Orleans area. He committed to play college hoops at Western Kentucky but withdrew before the season started and decided to turn pro. The Knicks made him a second-round pick in last summer’s NBA Draft, and then he tore up the NBA Summer League.

And though Robinson averaged 13 points, 10.2 rebounds, and four blocks per game on that level, his journey hasn’t been easy. He averaged 3.9 fouls per game in the month of November. A bum ankle cost him a month of action. Sometimes, he had to fight for minutes and didn’t average over 20 minutes per game until this month.

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